In a major shift, a group of Southern Baptist leaders now say their denomination has been “too timid” on environmental issues and has a Biblical duty to stop global warming. The declaration, signed by the president of the Southern Baptist Convention among others, was released on March 10th. It shows a growing urgency about climate change even within groups that once dismissed claims of an overheating planet as “a liberal ruse.” As you may know, the denomination has 16.3 million members and is the largest Protestant group in the United States. The new position was set out in “A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change,” and is most significant. The leaders say that current evidence of global warming is “substantial.” Among those signing the declaration is Timothy George, head of Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham.
Source: Associated Press
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